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Snowdrops have started

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 10:10

The snowdrops are indeed particularly good this year - not the numbers you have yet, but they are spreading well.  Amused, and happy, to see that underneath a road sign just outside our drive, a goodly patch are growing - the birds must sit there when busily digesting the seeds - and nature does the rest - great. 

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 11:17

You can never guarantee what they will have in stock, one of the whole points about tkmaax, try 'phoning them before you make the trip.

Did you have any luck getting the onion hoe I mentioned before?  Still find that is the best for close work, unless you crops are so close together you are growing mini veggies -  keep us up with how you get on.  Good luck. 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:55

Maybe when we have taken care of people for a good number of years, taking care of plants and things to feed and delight people comes fairly naturally? 

What can I start sowing now in an unheated greenhouse

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:15

Much depends where you live, and although I am starting with sweet peas etc., we should remember winter is yet to come - plenty can, and possibly will yet,  arrive. 

Viburnam Bodnatense Dawn

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:13

Mine is in flower too, since December, not vast amounts but pretty pink and sweet smelling.

The bush honeysuckle is also flowering, a couple of twigs in a vase perfume the whole house - lovely and delicate - not overwhelming as some of my beloved lilies can be. 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:12

No problem asking Tootles, after all, if we don't like the question we don't have to answer it huh?

I like the fact that, although I keep busy, it is with things that I chose to do, and at the time I chose to do them.  I am not as fit or able as I once was, so take a bit longer to do things, which is fine, as I usually have a bit longer to do things!  If I'm not so fit, I can take a day out and read books, and who cares?  No one to chase me to do certain things at certain times- what's not to like?  Not much money now, but never had that much to start with, nursing is not a job you do for nearly 50 years and come out of expecting to be rich!

We have also become grandparents this last year, our grandson is in Texas, which means we don't get called to baby sit, but thanks to the computer we do get to see him most weeks that way.  We visited a very few weeks after he was born, and I, with my other son, am going again in March - lovely - and it will be warm there - can't wait from both points of view.



Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:06

I put my young clematis out in their pots, much will depend where you live and the weather to come!  A bit of fresh air will help them thrive, and the wind - if not too hard - will help the stems to toughen up.  As long as they don't get frosted when too young, they will be fine, if kept out of too much wind at this early stage.  They will need feeding, clematis are one of the few plants I actually buy specific feed for - everything else just gets pelleted chicken manure in April.  


Gardener come.....

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:20

Retired nurse, loving retirement! 


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:19

Dear Tootles, do try and be patient!  Gardening is all about patience, and if you plant out your baby clematis too soon, i.e. before next March, they just will not survive next winter.  As BtG says, plant on into deep pots and nurture lovingly,  and plant in a good permanent position next March - then they will build up to nice big plants and flower gloriously in due course.

The ones you have chosen are all good  and worth waiting for - and the plants you photographed, although smallish, look well and healthy - worth waiting the extra year for - honestly!

are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 22:48

The forecast is talking about far greater degrees of cold by the end of the week.  I'm not considering putting seeds in trays or pots yet, never mind putting things out.  My greenhouse, just heated to keep off frost, still full of overwintering things, and expect it to be so for many weeks yet.


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